As a tightly controlled type 1, I understand that lows are a part of life. My pump trainer once told me that the “suggested” “normal” rate for lows is 1 every 3 days, with 1 below 60 low per week. Well, according to that logic, I’m a walking low machine.
In the past 3 days, I have had 8 technical lows, with 2 below 60. That isn’t counting the many below target but above low marker readings. Over the past 3 days, I have eaten so many calories, I could have fed quite a few Chinese quake victims.
Side note: It really is sad how many extra calories I have to consume that could be shipped overseas to starving people.
Anyway, these lows are making my life difficult, to say the least. I’m currently at work and having to stop every few hours just to check and make sure I’m staying above the “happy” level. And having to sit here downing soda for a good 10 minutes before returning to my job.
I’m not sure what’s going on with my blood sugars. I haven’t had a series of DAYS like this before. I’ve had HOURS of lows that couldn’t be treated, but not days filled with this many lows.
I hate what it’s doing to my diet…just today I’ve consumed 420 extra calories to treat lows, that’s on top of my normal meals. And we’re only half way through the day!!! Imagine, at this rate, I’ll have consumed two days worth of calories for less than 24 hours. Talk about added weight!
Sometimes, it’s frustrating being tightly controlled. I realize the benefits in the long run FAR outweigh the cons at the moment. But still, it’s not so exciting to drink 3 sodas in 3 hours. Or eat extra snacks. Or anything else that goes along with tight control. If I didn’t care if I had feet, sight, or working organs in the future, I’d probably throw in the towel at this point and stop managing this whole disease.
And wow, that was all very randomly pieced together. My apologies.